Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Stephen Harper's Canada - Keep Them Out!


Maybe they should just be called the 'Bubble Party'....

The Conservatives called on the RCMP Tuesday night to block reporters from speaking with B.C. candidate Dona Cadman, in a scene reminiscent of the last election when they stashed a local candidate into a restaurant kitchen.

Cadman, a candidate in Surrey-North, has fallen silent since alleging months ago that her dying husband was offered a lucrative life-insurance policy to side with the Tories in a 2005 confidence vote.

A dispute over exactly what kind of deal the Tories tried to strike with the late Chuck Cadman now lies at the heart of a legal battle between Stephen Harper and the Liberal party.

Reporters following the prime minister's national tour asked to interview Dona Cadman after a campaign rally in Surrey — a request that Harper aides initially laughed off in apparent disbelief that the media would even bother asking.

They later told reporters to go ahead and try speaking with her at the end of the rally, but when the media pack got too close, the prime minister's staff ordered the RCMP to block journalists from the exit door.

"Keep them out," one aide shouted at the guards.

And what did the Bubble Boy's Braintrust have to say....?

"Local candidates' priority is campaigning in their local ridings, and not talking to the national media," said Harper's chief spokesman, Kory Teneycke.

"We have a national campaign tour with national media with us, we have media availabilities every morning in which journalists can ask questions of the prime minister, and we have events every day in our war room, generally with members of cabinet, so I think there are many opportunities for the media to talk with the party and with the campaign."

Sure thing.

And two + two equals five.

When you're livin' in a bubble.


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